The Hottest ISA Funds

Chelsea Financial Services outlines the hottest ISA-eligible funds for the 2012-2013 year

Chelsea Financial Services 14 March, 2013 | 6:00AM
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This article is part of the special series, Investing with ISAs.

Morningstar's 'Perspectives' series features guest contributions from third parties such as asset managers, academics and investment professionals. The below article was written by Darius McDermott, the managing director at Chelsea Financial Services.

Equities are the Clear Winner

There has been a marked increase in risk appetite amongst ISA investors so far this year. This has meant equities have been the real winner this ISA season. According to our data, UK equity funds have remained the best sellers, capturing just under 30% of sales, but there has also been an increase in interest for overseas equities, with Asia ex-Japan being the most popular (10%) in this category, followed by global equities (7%).

The most interesting development has been that the Europe ex-UK sector has had more interest this year (with almost 7% of sales) than the global emerging markets sector (6%). In addition, North American equities, which are usually greatly under-represented in the portfolios of UK investors, attracted almost 5% of inflows. This follows a trend which began last year, but which has really taken hold this ISA season.

Meanwhile, just one fixed income sector has made it into the top ten best sellers (Strategic Bonds) and the amount invested in the asset class has fallen by a quarter from 20% of total sales last year to just 15% today.

The property and absolute return sectors have been shunned, attracting less than 1% of sales each, and the mixed investment sectors have seen less than 1% between them.

Best-Selling Fund Sectors for ISAs


IMA Sector


UK Equity Income


UK All Companies


Strategic Bond


Asia Pacific ex-Japan



Just One Bond Fund in the Top Ten

When it comes to best-selling funds for ISA investments, the Invesco Perpetual High Income fund still tops the list. However, there is just one bond fund in the mix compared with three last year, and Asian funds have shot up the table with the Newton Asian Income Fund and the First State Asia Pacific Leaders Fund in the top five. There is also a US equity fund-- the AXA Framlington American Growth fund--for the first time in many years.

Top 10 Best-Selling ISA-Eligible Funds



Morningstar Analyst Rating

Fund Manager


Invesco Perpetual High Income


Neil Woodford


Invesco Perpetual Monthly Income Plus


Paul Read & Paul Causer


Newton Asian Income


Jason Pidcock & Caroline Keen


First State Asia Pacific Leaders


Angus Tulloch & Alistair Thompson


M&G Global Dividend


Stuart Rhodes


M&G Recovery


Tom Dobell


AXA Framlington American Growth


Stephen Kelly


Artemis Income


Adrian Frost & Adrian Gosden


AXA Framlington UK Select Opportunities


Nigel Thomas


Liontrust Special Situations


Anthony Cross & Julian Fosh

This article was written using fund and sales data that was collected on February 28, 2013, by Chelsea Financial Services.

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Chelsea Financial Services  is a firm of independent financial advisers and the first intermediary to discount initial charges on unit trusts and bonds, and later PEPs and ISAs.

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